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Highfield Women's Institute celebrates 70 years

Highfield WI committee chairwoman Annita Smith, left, joins Vivian Frizzell, longest-serving Highfield WI member (at 64 years), Dorothy Taylor, founding member, and Anna Cooper, HighfielI president, at the club's 70th anniversary celebration.
Highfield WI committee chairwoman Annita Smith, left, joins Vivian Frizzell, longest-serving Highfield WI member (at 64 years), Dorothy Taylor, founding member, and Anna Cooper, HighfielI president, at the club's 70th anniversary celebration. - Contributed
HIGHFIELD, P.E.I. —

Highfield WI is celebrating its 70th anniversary and recently held a celebration at the Winsloe Lions Hall marking the milestone.

President Anna Cooper welcomed all present, which included Premier Dennis King, District 10 MLA Robert Mitchell, Jason Coady, deputy mayor, and Jessica Williams, representing the Department of Agriculture and Land.

Others attending the event included P.E.I. WI president Carol Jenkins, Highfield founding member Dorothy Taylor and all present and former members (Sue Wilbur, Shirley Good, Betty Wood-Jay, Jean Kneebone, Claire Aylward, Norma Stewart, Joan Dunning, Bernice Matheson, Olga Butler-MacKay, Marie Diamond, Lois Campbell, Dorothy Taylor, Eva Frizzell, Christie Easter and Mary MacIntyre-Auld).

Committee chairwoman Annita Smith made introductions for each dignatary who presented the Highfield WI with congratulatory certificates.

A sit-down turkey dinner was served up by the Winsloe Lions Club. Throughout the evening, Dino Dunsford and Judy Lowe entertained with music and stories. Special recognition certificates were presented to Dorothy Taylor - founding member; Olga Woolner - WI member for 69 years; Vivian Frizzell - WI member for 64 years (and a special presentation was made to her for her outstanding contributions to the community and Highfield WI); Jeannette Pirkey - WI member for 48 years; and Annita Smith - member for 42 years.

A slide presentation was compiled by committee members, Annita Smith, Daphne Andrews, Pat MacKinnon, Jeanette Pirkey, Alice Homer and Wilma Dixon, and was put together by Melonie MacAusland.

The evening closed with everyone singing, For They Are Jolly Good Fellows and The Island Hymn, led by Dino Dunsford and Judy Lowe.


This article is prepared by Ellen MacPhail, executive director for the PEIWI, and appears in the Guardian every second Wednesday of the month. For more information on the P.E.I. Women’s Institute or to comment on this column, visit womensinstitute.pe.ca, call 368-4860 or email wi@gov.pe.ca.

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